General News of Monday, 6 January 2003
Six police officers who were indicted by the Okudzeto Commission of Inquiry into the Accra Sports Stadium tragedy have been committed to stand trial at an Accra High Court on February 3. This was after they made their second appearance at an Accra Magistrate Court.
Chief Superintendent of Police, Koranteng Mintah, ASP Frank Awuah, ASP Faakyi Kumi, ASP B.B. Bakomora, ASP John Naami and ASP Frank Aryee have each been charged with 126 counts of manslaughter. Their pleas were not taken.
The magistrate, Mrs Elizabeth Adusei granted each of them 20 million cedis bail with two sureties.
The Police Administration has interdicted the six officers following their alleged involvement in disturbances that resulted in the death of 126 soccer fans after a league match between Accra Hearts of oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko on May 9, 2001.
The fans died in a stampede when police fired tear gas into the stands to stop people from throwing plastic chairs and other objects onto the field of play. President John Agyekum Kufuor set up the Commission to investigate the deaths - the worst in Ghana's sports history.